Current Members

Faculty

Joel Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
joel.collier@duke.edu
Research Interests:
The design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Yaoying Wu

Postdoc
yw195@duke.edu
Research Interests:
Studying the immunological mechanism of supramolecular platforms
Designing self-assembling vaccine platforms for enhanced cancer immunotherapy
Developing protein delivery systems to amplify immune cell functions

PhD Students

Jui-Lin Chen

Immunology Graduate Student
Research Interests:
Characterizing an HIV vaccine engineered with nanomaterials 
Solving the mechanism of the enhancement of immune response elicited by that engineered HIV vaccine

Elizabeth Curvino

BME Grad Student
Elizabeth.Curvino@duke.edu

Chelsea Fries

BME Doctoral Candidate
chelsea.fries@duke.edu
Research Interests:
Designing helical peptides to control the lengthwise assembly of coiled-coil nanofibers
Incorporating viral proteins into nanofiber assemblies for vaccines against infectious diseases

Kelly Hainline

BME Doctoral Candidate
Research Interests:
Developing a complement-adjuvanted nanofiber vaccine 
Engineering tunable 3D cell culture matrixes for prostate cancer organoid growth 
 

Sean Kelly

BME Doctoral Candidate, Laboratory Safety Coordinator
shk22@duke.edu
Research Interests:
Investigating how the surface properties of nanomaterials affect their interaction with the mucosal immune system

Lucas Shores

BME Doctoral Candidate
lucas.shores@duke.edu
Research Interests:
Engineering a therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of autoimmune disease
Investigating novel combinations of epitopes to enhance immune responses

Nikki Votaw

BME Doctoral Candidate, Vice President of BMES Duke Chapter
nicole.votaw@duke.edu
Research Interests:
Engineering altered peptide ligands to shift the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory signals for the treatment of autoimmune diseases
Investigating how nanomaterials created in our lab interact with various aspects of the immune system

Masters Students

Undergraduates